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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Nairobi Governor finally Goes public about his HIV status

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has gone public on his HIV status. The governor has also made good his threat to sue Radio Africa's the Star newspaper over an article it published alleging he was released from jail because he was HIV positive. The article titled 'How HIV report helped Sonko out of Kamiti maximum prison' was published on June 7 which was based on a ruling that reduced the governor's prison sentence thus releasing him three months earlier. In a sworn affidavit filed in the courts on Friday, Sonko through his lawyer Cecil Miller submitted that he has never, at any given time, contracted the deadly HIV and even attached medical documents with the test results from both the Nairobi Hospital and the Nairobi women’s hospital. "The defendants are busybodies motivated by mala fides (bad faith) cheap publicity and propaganda, personal prejudices and bias, misplaced vengeance and personal vendetta embridled greed to sell themselves which cannot sustain their attempts to practice competitive journalism and become decently recognised without sensationalism...," reads part of the affidavit as quoted by Capital FM. The flamboyant city governor further claims that contents of the said publication were understood that he was an immoral person living with HIV and is, consequently, suffering from AIDS.

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